One of the blogs I routinely monitor happened to post a few wonderful examples of the pride and arrogance that gets instilled into Churchian women today. Laura G. Robins posted a wonderful example of how such things happen.
As a conference put on by a supposed church of God, do they seek to lower women down from themselves? Do they admonish sins so women may prune their sins out of their lives? Do they point out that God’s ways are higher than theirs and present a call to repentance? Do they put out a call to stop their own ways and call them to aspire to God in His ways? Do they call women to Godly marriages, affirming the right of the men in their lives as princes before God, and seeking to follow their husbands as they follow God themselves?
“You are a Princess, you are called to rule, you are called to reign, and you are commanded to operate in it!”
In saying those words, and even in her very presence in the place she holds, Nicole Crank holds herself as nothing different from the world. This is perfectly illustrated in her violation of God’s dictates in those words. These words are the very essence of a statement of rebellion against God in all things. She stakes claim to the entire feminist slate of principles in that one sentence (define herself, define the world, define God). She definitely is operating from the carnal mind, who can not take Scripture for what it says and definitely can not follow it. As our previous example, she does nothing more than shake her fist in defiance in God’s face and by means of her conferences, fomenting rebellion in other women that attend. As aptly wrote by Bskillet81, it’s nothing more than a Christian Slut Walk, and to add to that, defining God within feminism does indeed equate to demonic goddess worship.
The other featured speaker, Holly Wagner, is no better. A quick perusal of her about page indicates the same qualities (emphasis mine):
Holly and her husband, Philip, co-pastor the Oasis Church – a growing, relevant, multi-cultural, multi-generational church located in Los Angeles. She and Philip have taught many relationship seminars around the world and are committed to healthy marriages, especially their own!
It is not hard to conclude that this is a strong healthy marriage in their sight.
Holly is passionate about seeing women become who God has designed them to become, and to see every generation of woman extend a helping hand to the generation that is younger.
In other words, absolute rulers over their husbands, their world, and their personal Jesus, and Butler Father. The reference to “social justice” is also a good tip-off. As I see a blog on that page, there will be sure to be plenty of good targets of opportunity for the future, so those can be in the future. But to return to our former case, it is not hard to see the kind of Churchian place that Faith Church of St. Louis is, as well as what is being taught:
Pastor David believes that everyone shares a commonality when it comes to making mistakes and not wanting to admit our mistakes to others. Drawing on his own failures and shortcomings, he uses illustrated teachings with real-life application to assure us that God’s not mad or ready to punish us just because we aren’t perfect.
In reading the entire thing, it is not hard to see a pattern forming. There is nothing relating to mistakes when it comes to Nicole. In fact, we see what is said about her:
Pastor Nicole has a heart to reach out to the hurting. She identifies with a past of pain and conveys the hope of deliverance by trusting God in all things.
Such a sentence reveals much more than she probably cares to admit. Like Joel and Kathy Davisson, I’m sure that “past of pain” has to do with David in some way (or some other man in her past). The statement of “trusting God in all things” attached to her is hypocritical on the face of it, especially given just the snippets of what we’ve seen out of these conferences (and what I’ve read makes these videos tame). It is clear that she is not “trusting in God in all things”. Her hope of deliverance is her rebellion and she will find that rebellion short-lived when it comes time to stand before God, if not sooner.
We even see the feminism abound in the descriptions of their children. While their son is just the guy that was in the near fatal car accident, this is said of their daughter:
Ashtyn is super smart! She likes to sing, dance and dress up in a variety of costumes. She is already helping him preach, so we’ll just have to wait and see how long before she just takes over. Clearly she is daddy’s girl.
A ruler over men, Jesus, and God in the making.
While many adjectives can be applied to the works of women such as Rachel Evans, Nicole Crank, and Holly Wagner, the only one that matters before God is apostate. For as Jesus said:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:15-20)
The fruits of these women (and the men who enable them) are obvious. It is equally obvious that their hope of deliverance will be lost. For as Jesus continues:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)
Have you continued on the path to salvation after you started? These words should be a chilling reminder to fear the Lord at every step in life. As Paul wrote, it’s about finishing the course (Acts 20:24), not starting it. Is there not more glory for those that finish the marathon than begin it? Anyone can begin a marathon. Ending is what counts. A faith in Jesus alone for a whole lifetime is what counts.